Dynamic Creativity: Influential Theory, Public Discourse, and Generative Possibility

  • Carol A. MullenEmail author
Part of the Creativity Theory and Action in Education book series (CTAE, volume 4)


This conceptual essay introduces dynamic creativity, bridging with influential theory, public discourse, and generative possibility. The concept of dynamic creativity grows out of literature referring to dynamics of creativity—both educational and cultural. Creative rhetoric in public discourse is also taken up for its global reach and especially because it assigns internationally competitive and economic functions to creativity. Discussion moves to select influential creativity theories—Beghetto and Kaufman’s 4-C Model of Creativity and Csikszentmihalyi’s systems model of creativity. A creative synthesis is ventured of these theories, foregrounding their dynamic possibilities, with graphical representation. A fifth C—Hidden-c—extends the theorizing about creativity with particular reference to Corazza’s theory of dynamic creativity while demonstrating dynamic creativity in a Chinese learning context. Illustrations of creativity reveal Canada and China’s different ways of relating to the high-stakes testing ethos and pressure to dominate on the world stage as creative innovators. The role of adopter and shaper of creativity models informs the author’s approach to this eclectic, layered work. Implications for continuing the conversation about dynamic creativity end this writing.


Beghetto and Kaufman Corazza Creativity Csikszentmihalyi Culture Dynamic creativity Education 4-C model of creativity Hidden-c Self-belief Systems  model 


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  1. 1.Virginia TechBlacksburgUSA

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